Frances Mayes

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Frances Mayes

Italy's siren call lures us more and more.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The words 'forse che si,' 'forse che no', 'perhaps yes,' 'perhaps no,' repeat along all paths.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Whatever a guidebook says, wether or not you leave somewhere with a sense of the place is entirely a matter of smell and instinct.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sometimes the valley below is like a bowl filled up with fog. I can see hard green figs on two trees and pears on a tree just below me. A fine crop coming in. May summer last a hundred years.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
May summer last a hundred years.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Never lose your childish enthusiasm and things will come your way.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I’ll always marvel at the liveliness of southern speech-so full of metaphor and hyperbole, quirks and vividness.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It’s daunting to find the language so foreign, so distant, but also so thrilling. One is absolved of responsibility when the language is incomprehensible.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where is it written that houses must be beige? Any dun colored house would look better if painted pineapple, cream, ochre, or even a smart sage.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Although I am a person who expected to be rooted in one spot forever, as it has turned out I love having the memories of living in many places.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is no technique, there is just the way to do it. Now, are we going to measure or are we going to cook?More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Five tender apricots in a blue bowl, a brief and exact promise of things to come.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I loved every place I lived and traveled. London, Paris, Rome, Venice. I fell hard for Central America and Mexico. In each country, I had fantasies that I could live there.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you've got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you're going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Living in a small Italian hilltown, and having lived in a small town in south Georgia, I understand that you can recognize a family gene pool by the lift of an eyebrow, or the length of a neck, or a way of walking.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Italians have their priorities right: They're driven, they do their work, but they really enjoy the day-to-day and they don't put off the enjoyment of the everyday for some future goal.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The longer you are in a place, the more you get under its layers.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's kind of amazing that people will travel because of a book. I admire that.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I was twelve, I started reading Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O'Connor, James Agee, and - do we dare breathe the name - William Faulkner.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Going to Europe as a budding cook opened my eyes to food in a different way. When I got to Italy, the first thing I did was put my little basil plants in the ground and watch them turn into big, healthy bushes.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm just fascinated by houses. In another life, I'd have probably trained as an architect. If I had enough money, I'd collect them like other people collect teapots. I don't know why I love them so much. I'm just very interested in the idea of a house as a metaphor for the way one lives.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What has impressed me the most about the Italians whose tables we've sat at is that they are traditional cooks but also outrageously innovative. These people are wild improvisers.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I find that other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history. Just everything to me comes together there.More Frances Mayes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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